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Course Description

  • Death and Dying Discussions is a one-day mini-symposium on design for end of life running in conjunction with DesignTO (Toronto Design Offsite Festival, January 18-27). It will provide an opportunity to share experiences of the changing landscape of end of life and open dialogue about the multiplicity of ways in which design collaborations might push the boundaries of design to engage with end of life issues. The mini-symposium seeks to be a catalyst, to open-up discussion and expressivity around the role of design and the still relative dominance of the medical perspective in approaches to dying and death. These discussions will connect across interrelated spheres - the academy, medicine, the broader public, and the art and design community. The event will include a mix of a panel discussion, poster/video/demo session, invited and peer-reviewed talks. See the schedule below:

    Poster sessions and exhibition: 9:00am - 11:30am
    Mini-symposium: 11:30am - 7:30pm
    Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the symposium, and are included in the ticket.

    The mini-symposium will start with a keynote by Ivor Williams (RCA). Ivor Williams is a designer, developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing death and dying in the 21st century. To learn more about and register for Ivor Williams' keynote, please see the Eventbrite page.
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